Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
An African-American family leaves the South for a better life in the North. They take with them a rope that was used for jump rope on the old place in South Carolina. It was used to tie their belongings atop the car as they headed north to NYC. It was used for drying flowers, a clothesline for diapers, a jump rope and many other things in their new life. When it finally wears out, Grandma keeps the rope as a memory of times in her past as her granddaughter skips rope with a brand new one. Woodson says in her introduction that the rope is hope and, sure enough, that hope weaves in and out of the lives of all of her family. Upon opening this book I feared it might be about lynching but took heart in the subtitle indicating it was set during the Great Migration. Still, the rope is initially found under a tree. Is Woodson subtly taking the rope - a symbol of pure evil - and turning it into hope? I am looking forward to the discussion of this one. Ransome's oil paintings complement the text just beautifully. Seven to Ten. Joan Kindig
Narrator Dion Graham's softly-cadenced voice is the perfect foil for the tumultuous events of post-Civil War Reconstruction. Carefully differentiating Bartoletti's narrative from the first-hand accounts of freed slaves, former owners, and Confederate generals, Graham paints a disturbingly human picture of the Southern culture that gave birth to the KKK and its white supremacy movement.
Two men, one black and one white, grew up in the same neighborhood and had parallel military careers but never met until they were in their seventies. This true story illuminates both World War II and the nature of race in America.
Twenty-four beautifully crafted sonnets evoke Miss Crandall's mid-nineteenth century school in Connecticut: the students' fervor, the local vigilantes, and the school's ultimate fiery end. Subdued illustrations complement this important and little-known story.
Both traditional and fresh, lively and literary, this retelling features a brown-skinned child who travels through the winter woods to visit her ailing grandmother. Gorgeously detailed illustrations on oversized double-paged spreads are full of touches that extend the familiar story.
Rich with the interplay of light and shadow, dramatic oil paintings enhance the true story of Henry “Box” Brown and his successful attempt to mail himself from slavery in the South to freedom in the North.